Legalization of Documents

As of June 16, 2015, the legalization of school transcripts of grades and/or diplomas issued by Canadian institutions of primary, middle, and high school levels is no longer required for revalidation purposes in Mexico.

Note:

School transcripts of grades and/or diplomas from post-secondary institutions still require legalization for revalidation in Mexico.

As of April 15, 2013, all Canadian documents must be authenticated.

Since Canada is not a Country member of the Hague Apostille Convention, all official Canadian documents must be LEGALIZED in order to be officially accepted and have full validity in Mexico.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver legalizes documents issued in British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. For documents issued in other Canadian provinces, please contact the Mexican Consulates in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary or the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa. For documents issued in other countries, please contact the Mexican Consulate or Embassy nearest to the place where the document was issued.

In order to be legalized, a document must be previously authenticated (certified) by the Canadian authorities.

For documents issued in British Columbia consisting of: powers of attorney, school grades, diplomas, school transcripts,  degrees, notarized business papers, affidavits made before a public notary, etc. please contact:

Ministry of Justice

Order in Council Office – Attention: Authenticacion Clerk
1001 Douglas Street (PO Box 9280 Stn Prov Govt)
Victoria, BC V8W 2C5 Canada
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For documents issued in The Yukon consisting of: powers of attorney, school grades, diplomas, school transcripts, certificates of birth, marriage, divorce or death, degrees, notarized business papers, affidavits made before a public notary, etc. please contact:

Commissioner of Yukon

1098 First Avenue Closeleigh Manor Building
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 0C1
Direct line: 867-667-5121
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The following documents issued in The Northwest Territories: powers of attorney, notarized affidavits and certificates from the Office of the Registrar, may also be authenticated by:

Commissioner of the Northwest Territories

P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9
803 Northwest Tower
Direct line: 867-873-7400,
Toll Free: 1-888-270-3318
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Remarks:

The only documents that can be legalized without being notarized and authenticated are those originals issued by Vital Statistics (long version of Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates) in the province of British Columbia.

Since the purpose of the legalization consists in proving the authenticity of a document, it is suggested to have the originals legalized.

Requests for legalizations can be taken by mail.

  • You must send the authenticated documents by courier or registered mail
  • The document (s) to be legalized, have to be previously authenticated.
  • The interested party is responsible for obtaining this stamp. Documents received by this Consulate General without the authentication stamp will be returned to the interested party WITHOUT the corresponding legalization.
  • A letter requesting the legalization of your document (s), including your contact information: full address, telephone number and email.
  • Payment of legalization fees in the form of a Money Order made out to Consulate General of Mexico in Canadian dollars.
  • Legalization is paid per document; for reference, count the number of stamps.
  • A prepaid envelope for the return of your documents.
  • Also take into consideration that the consular fees are adjusted at the beginning of the every month. Therefore, please make sure to send the payment with enough anticipation, so that the money order is received at the Consulate when the fee you paid still applies.

Processing time: two business days.

Cost: Please check the list of consular fees.